Trial Watch Reviews : 26th May - 29th May 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Randwick (May 26), Wyong (May 27) and Canterbury (May 29).

Classique Legend
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Course Proper; Heavy 8

22 Heats – 5 x 1100m (3 Open; 1 2YO; 1 Maiden); 6 x 910m (2 Open; 4 2YO); 6 x 905m (6 2YO); 5 x 900m (3 3YO;2 Maiden)

A difficult morning for participants as the weather deteriorated – suggest it was worse than a Heavy 8 by the end of the session. Obvious pattern evolved as the fast lanes were closer to the outside rail and favoured any runners ridden for speed. Due the conditions a lot of horses were held together and untested.

High class 3YO CLASSIQUE LEGEND provided the highlight of the session with an impressive heat win while Bjorn Baker sent out 11 winners including five in the 2YO heats, adding his reputation for wanting his horses to be tested in their trials.

CLASSIQUE LEGEND was a standout setting the time standard for the morning with his effortless 910m heat win (56.93; 35.43). He sat three four and deep from a wide gate travelling two lengths of the lead before cruising around them on the turn. He glided to a soft 2.3 lengths win, the heavy going not impeding his relaxed, fluent action. Behind him the effort of NIGHT OF POWER to finish third, running through the line strongly, was an eye catcher.

Despite Baker's big morning the best 2YO trials came from the talented foursome SUPERBELLA (Lee Curtis), LADY BANFF (Matt Dunn), NOT AN OPTION (Richard & Michael Freedman) and OH SAY (Team Hawkes).

SUPERBELLA rebounded from her debut failure to record another impressive trial 910m heat win in the fastest of all the 2YO heats over all distances (57.09; 36.02) while LADY BANFF, a two time Brisbane winner early in the season, wasn't far behind winning her 910m heat with plenty in hand (57.29; 36.35).

OH SAY, an imposing unraced youngster and a noted winner of an earlier trial at Rosehill, looked good finishing a close second under no pressure in her 910m heat (57.55; 36.20) won by Baker's racy filly ITA.

The Freedmans would be happy with the trial form of their recent acquisition NOT AN OPTION following her transfer from Kiwi trainer Tony Pike after she recorded a strong win in the fastest of the five 1100m heats (69.92; 37.69).

Older horses to make an impression included BOOMTOWN RAT, ORDER AGAIN and BEST STONE. The latter, spelled after back to back wins at Canterbury in February, was a class above her rivals in her 900m heat (56.77; 35.52) and is set to build on her impressive record through the winter.  


XX Classique Legend; Best Stone; Superbella

X Able Hill; Boomtown Rat; Brave Song; Brother Fox; Controvert; Easy Campese; Forsetti; Lady Banff; Mr Colorful; Muruntau; Night Of Power; Not An Option; Oh Say; Order Again; Pacific Ocean; Party Lady; Setanta; Sprout Wings; Tourmaster; Travest  

WYONG May 27

Course Proper; Heavy 9

12 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 5 x 1000m (3 Open; 1 2YO; 1 Maiden); 6 x 845m (1 Open; 3 2YO; 2 Maiden)


XX Oakfield Hiawatha

X Catesby; Royal Banquet; Brixton Town; Deep Space; Manhattan Mist; Zaniah; Lexi's Choice; Isalute; La Girl; Flying Scotsman; Areya Tuchuzy; Cecilia


Synthetic Track

7 Heats – 1 x 1250m (Open); 4 x 1080m (1 Open; 2 2YO; 1 Maiden); 2 x 780m (1 Open; 1 2YO)

EMBRACER (Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott): Sent for a break in February after a strong summer campaign, this impressive trial sets him up to add to what is already a classy record of five wins from 11 starts. Under a big grip from Tim Clark from the start, he settled back and wide before working strongly around the pack from the 400m and going to the line with plenty in reserve for an easy third behind stablemates YOU RANG and ECHO GEM in their 780m heat that featured the fastest last 600m of the session (45;38; 32.94).


XX Embracer

X Acrophobic; Broadside Armour; California August; Camerlengo; Danzette; Lakia; Mini Boom; Poetic Charmer; SIxgun; Zou De Moon

Racing and Sports

Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.